How to identify a credible source

  1. The information should be up-to-date and current.
  2. The source should be relevant to your research.
  3. The author and publication should be a trusted authority on the subject you are researching.
  4. The sources the author cited should be easy to find, clear, and unbiased

 

Credible sources include peer-reviewed journals, government agencies, research think tanks, and professional organizations. Major newspapers and magazines also provide reliable information thanks to their high publishing standards. Reputable news sources require all content to be fact-checked before publication

 

8 ways to determine the credibility of research reports

  1. Why was the study undertaken? …
  2. Who conducted the study? …
  3. Who funded the research? …
  4. How was the data collected? …
  5. Is the sample size and response rate sufficient? …
  6. Does the research make use of secondary data? …
  7. Does the research measure what it claims to measure?